Lauren E. Friedman, PhD

Senior Program Coordinator (MIRT Program)13474980_10100180616779443_5440524132674295716_o
Department of Epidemiology
Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Master of Public Health (MPH) student
Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
677 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115


Research Interests
I conducted my PhD research on the effects of oxidative stress in Nematostella vectensis. Oxidative stress response has major implications for studies on how other cnidarians, particularly corals, will withstand the impacts of climate change. Building upon my prior experience, I am currently integrating my knowledge in biology into public health research. My recent work focuses on neuropsychiatric disorders and stress responses among pregnant and postpartum women. As the senior program coordinator for the Multidisciplinary International Research Training (MIRT/MHIRT) Program, I have the opportunity to be involved in collaborations with our faculty, student fellows, and international research partners. The MIRT Program gives underrepresented undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to participate in public health research in global settings.

Selected Publications

  • Adhia A, Gelaye B, Friedman LE, Marlow LY, Mercy JA, Williams MA. Workplace interventions for intimate partner violence: A systematic review. Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health, 2019 May 30. DOI: 10.1080/15555240.2019.1609361
  • Gelaye B, Domingue A, Rebelo F, Friedman LE, Qiu C, Sanchez SE, Larrabure-Torealva G, Williams MA. Association of Antepartum Suicidal Ideation during the Third Trimester with Infant Birth Weight and Gestational Age at Delivery. Psychol Health Med. 2018 Oct 31:1-10. PubMed PMID: 30376725.
  • Friedman LE, Manriquez Prado AK, Santos Malavé GF, Vélez JC, Gillibrand Esquinazi RW, Sanchez SE, Zhong QY, Gelaye B, Williams MA. Construct validity and factor structure of a Spanish-language Social Support Questionnaire during early pregnancy. Int J Womens Health. 2018 Jul 19;10:379-385. PubMed PMID: 30050330.
  • Friedman LE, Zhong QY, Gelaye B, Williams MA, Peterlin BL. Association between migraine and suicidal behaviors: a nationwide study in the USA. Headache. 2017 Nov 29. PubMed PMID: 29193052
  • Friedman LE, Aponte C, Perez Hernandez R, Velez JC, Gelaye B, Sánchez SE, Williams MA, Peterlin BL. Migraine and the risk of post-traumatic stress disorder among a cohort of pregnant women. J Headache Pain. 2017 Dec;18(1):67. PubMed PMID: 28685258.
  • Friedman LE, Gelaye B, Bain PA, Williams MA. A systematic review and meta-analysis of migraine and suicidal ideation. Clin J Pain. 2016 Sep 17. PubMed PMID: 27648590.
  • Friedman LE, Gelaye B, Rondon MB, Sanchez SE, Peterlin BL, Williams MA. Association of migraine headaches with suicidal ideation among pregnant women in Lima, Peru. Headache. 2016 Mar 26. PubMed PMID: 27016264.